Alberni jewelry store robber dies in prison

The man who was shot while trying to rob Dieverts Jewelers in Port Alberni in 2008 is reported to have died in custody.

The man who was shot while trying to rob Dieverts Jewelers in Port Alberni in 2008 is reported to have died, News 1130 is reporting.

Quoting Corrections Canada, News 1130 reported that James Gumbleton, 48, died in a prison treatment centre after a lengthy illness. He was still in custody.

In October 2008, Gumbleton was one of two masked men who entered Dievert’s Jewelers on Johnston Road and tried to rob the store owner’s wife at gunpoint. The store owner shot Gumbleton multiple times.

Gumbleton, who was paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the shooting, pleaded guilty to robbery with a firearm in Port Alberni Provincial Court in 2010 and was sentenced to four years in prison.

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